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MURRAY, Ky. — Sammey Bunch had a big day at the plate as Northern Iowa salvaged a split of a pair of softball games at the Murray State Racer Classic.

UNI fell to Purdue-Ft. Wayne 8-2 before defeating Murray State 10-7 in nine innings.

Purdue-Fort Wayne (5-8) jumped on Panther pitcher Brooke Craig for five runs in the second inning. UNI got within 5-2 after three innings, but no closer. Bunch was 2-for-3.

In the nightcap, UNI wiped out a 2-0 deficit with a five-run third inning, but Murray State rallied to tie it in the fifth. Both teams scored a single run in the seventh, but the Racers couldn’t match the Panthers’ four-run ninth.

Bunch was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, Courtney Krodinger had a home run and four RBIs and Ashley Chesser also homered.

UNI (8-8) is scheduled to play Purdue-Ft. Wayne and Samford Monday.

Linescores

PURDUE-FT. WAYNE 8, UNI 2

Purdue-Ft. Wayne 050 120 0 — 8 10 3

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Northern Iowa 101 000 0 — 2 10 1

Eyre and Baez. Craig, Oler (2), Olejniczak (5) and Chesser. WP — Eyre (1-3). LP — Craig (2-2). 2B — Hale (PFW), Wilzbacher (PFW), Opiola (UNI), Drahn (UNI). HR — Smalarz (PFW).

Records: Purdue-Ft. Wayne 5-8, UNI 7-8.

UNI 10, MURRAY ST. 7, 9 inn.

North. Iowa 005 000 104 — 10 11 1

Murray St. 110 030 101 — 7 12 1

Kelley, Olejniczak (4), Oler (6), Craig (7) and Chesser. James, Van Duyse (3), Vaughn (7) and Culver. WP — Craig (3-2). LP — Vaughn (0-3). 2B — Goetz (MS), Culver (MS). HR — Bunch (UNI), C. Krodinger (UNI), Goetz (MS), Carroll (MS), Shoulders (MS).

Records: UNI 8-8, Murray St. 6-11.

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